A $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help the City of Wilson redevelop U.S. 301 and nearby streets.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday that Wilson has won a share of $500 million in competitive grants awarded for 39 rural and urban transportation projects in a program called TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery).
Wilson’s U.S. 301 “Road to Opportunity” project is targeted at a 1.2-mile stretch of U.S. 301 lined with open ditches instead of sidewalks. The work will include street and storm-water improvements, sidewalks and bicycle facilities, and improvements at high-crash intersections.
The project is intended to give low-income and minority neighborhood residents better access to educational and employment opportunities at businesses, schools and a community college in the area.
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“We can help people get job training they need and connect to jobs that are just off the highway, when they don’t have access to cars,” said Roger Lentz, Wilson’s chief planning and development officer.